"Tito and I are going to make a grocery run. Any takers?" Raymundo asked after they unloaded the luggage from their rental car.
"Count me out," Otto said.
"Me too," Twister agreed.
Sam looked a little apprehensive. "I might sit this one out too."
Raymundo looked towards Reggie. She wanted to stay but she wanted to be helpful too. "I can go if you need me to."
He saw right through her. "That's okay, you stay and have fun. Enjoy the hot tub and try not to get into too much trouble while we're gone."
"You heard him," Otto hopped up after the door shut.
Soon they were all changed into their bathing suits and headed to the elevator. Reggie wore a large t-shirt over her light purple bikini, feeling too exposed wearing just that in the elevator even though none of the guys were wearing shirts. They had never been here before and weren't sure if they were going to like the hotel over the cabin they were used to at Mt. Baldy but when Reggie stepped outside, there was no comparison. The hot tub and heated pool were lit up against the dark sky. There was an endless amount of stars and the mountains surrounding it looked like they were almost glowing because of the reflection of the snow. She took off her t-shirt and set down her towel to climb into the hot tub with the boys.
"Twist, get the jets," Otto instructed.
"You got it, Ottoman," he got out of the hot tub and hit the button.
"Man," Otto said, relaxing back. "I am so glad to have a break from school."
"What? Cutting half your classes and barely turning in any assignments isn't break enough?" Reggie snorted.
Otto splashed her with water and Twister climbed back in between the two of them, joining the conversation. "I'm with you, Otto, man. I can't wait to shred those slopes tomorrow!"
"How'd your midterms go anyway?" Sam asked.
"Oh!" Twister excitedly grabbing Reggie's arm. "I forgot to tell you! My professor emailed the grades last night! I got a 77!"
Reggie gave him a big smile. "That's awesome, Twist! I knew you could do it!"
"Great job. Twister," Sam agreed.
"We're on vacation! Why are we still talking about school?" Otto looked a little annoyed.
"I don't even want to know about your midterms," Sam remarked.
"Shut up, Squid."
Sam looked amused. "What is this? Your fourth time taking prob and stats?"
"I'm surprised you haven't dropped out."
"Believe me," Reggie joined in. "He's tried."
"Dad won't let me," Otto pouted. "It's not like I need a college degree to become a professional surfer."
Reggie continued. "And he'll cut him off if he drops out."
Otto didn't seem to have heard Reggie at all. His attention was focused behind her. She turned around to see two girls walking towards the hot tub and giggling.
"Oh no," she rolled her eyes.
The girls got in the other side of the hot tub while Otto inched a little closer. "Hi, I'm Otto. Otto Rocket."
The girls turned to each other and started giggling again. This was painful to watch. The dark-haired one smiled and said, "I'm Vanessa and this is my cousin, Lexi."
"Well it's very nice to meet you both," Otto said in a charmer voice.
Lexi spoke up, looking at Twister as she talked to Otto. "Aren't you going to introduce us to your friends?"
"Oh, right. This is my sister, Reggie; that's Twister and Sam," he said quickly before jumping back into flirting. "So, where are you from?"
"Georgia," Vanessa smiled at Otto. "What about you?"
"California," Otto shrugged, clearly trying to impress her with the California thing while pretending it was no big deal.
"Ooh, I've always wanted to go there! What's it like?" Lexi directed her question towards Twister but Otto responded.
"Pretty much what you'd expect. Surf all day, party all night."
Reggie gave a little involuntary snort and Otto turned to look at her, raising his eyebrows and giving a warning look.
"You can surf?" Vanessa was completely falling for Otto's wanna-be-charm.
"Can I surf?" Otto laughed.
Reggie turned to Twister and Sam, making an annoyed face at what they all knew was going to be a long conversation about all of Otto's surfing accomplishments. In fact, for the next hour, they had to sit there and listen to Otto flirt with Vanessa while Lexi kept trying to talk to Twister. Reggie was glad Twister didn't seem very interested in her. She felt bad for Sam, who tried to jump in the conversation once in a while but without much response. Sam could do better anyway.
Finally, the girls got out of the water, wrapping up in the towels and verbalizing how freezing it was out of the water. Otto followed them into the hotel while Reggie, Sam, and Twister made fun of Otto. Reggie watched as Lexi pointed at them through the window, Otto following her gaze and then nodding at her. They walked away and Otto came back outside, getting back into the hot tub.
"Okay, the hotel's doing a movie night in the lobby tonight at 10. They want us to come."
"Hard pass," Reggie said.
"Whatever," Otto dismissed her. She knew that she hadn't exactly been the one they requested anyway. "Twist, Sam, you in?"
"I don't think so, man," Twister frowned, knowing Otto wouldn't be happy with this answer.
"Dude, come on! Two hot girls want us to come hang out with them. And you don't want to go?"
"Sorry, bro. I think I'm just gonna chill here for a while."
"Fine. Come on, Squid."
Sam grimaced. "Actually, I think I'm gonna head back to the room. My fingers are getting all shriveled."
"Are you kidding me?" Otto asked in disbelief. "Fine. I get both of them then."
Reggie tried not to laugh as she watched Otto storm off.
Sam got out and grabbed a towel, holding up the room key. "I think he's gonna need this."
"And then there were two," Reggie commented as Sam walked inside.
Twister leaned his head back, wincing. "Otto's gonna be mad at me all week."
"Not all week," she encouraged. "Just the next few days. Although I'm sure he's going to try to get you to hang out with them tomorrow." He groaned and she smiled. "What? Not into Lexi?"
She knew she should just leave it there but for some reason, she continued. "Is she just not your type?"
He looked a little thrown off by the question. "Uhh, I don't know. She was pretty. She also lives on the other side of the country though so it's not like it would go anywhere."
"Right," she nodded and bit her tongue trying to keep from continuing. "So what is your type anyway?"
"What?" he laughed, clearly very surprised by this question.
"Just wondering," she tried to sound casual. "You haven't really dated anyone since Morgan and that was what? Your freshman year?"
"Yep, freshman year," he confirmed.
"So...?" she prodded.
"I don't know," he laughed again. "Why do you care?"
"I was just curious," she said a little defensively.
He shook his head and smiled at her. "You're acting so weird right now."
"Whatever," she rolled her eyes and stood up. "I'm going to bed."
He grabbed her arm, pulling her back into the water, still looking amused but trying to fight it. "Wait, Reg. I'll be good. What do you want to know?"
She bit her lip, debating whether or not to say what she really wanted to know. She couldn't keep wondering. She looked him straight in the eye with a serious expression and said, "I wanna know about the song."
"Okay..." Twister gave her a confused smile. "What song?"
She took a breath, forcing herself not to look away from him as she said it. "The song you sang at the end of karaoke night. The Way You Look Tonight."
Twister's expression immediately changed. He looked like he had just seen a ghost. "Wait... I really sang that?"
"Um, yeah," Reggie raised an eyebrow.
Twister leaned his head back, staring at the sky, and taking a deep breath as he tried to collect himself. "I was so drunk that night... I thought that had been a dream." He looked extremely distraught. She wondered if she had ever seen him like this before. "I mean it's been like a month. You never said anything. Otto and Sam never said anything. I didn't think it actually happened."
A middle-aged couple picked the absolute worst time to come into the hot tub. They were at the opposite side, having their own conversation but Reggie still felt weird talking to Twister about this in front of them.
She spoke quietly to him. "I didn't want to say anything or make things weird between us."
"No, I did that on my own." He sounded so stressed about it.
The couple stopped talking and Reggie felt them looking over in concern. The woman whispered something to her husband.
"We just got here," Reggie heard the husband say before the two of them made their way out of the hot tub.
"You didn't." She was relieved they were alone again. "I just wanted to know if, you know, it meant anything?"
"I don't want this to like ruin your whole trip."
"You didn't answer my question."
"Yeah," he nodded, looking down at the water. "It did."
Reggie put a hand up to Twister's face, turning it so he was looking at her before she kissed him. He moved closer to her, putting his hand on her waist as they continued to kiss. It was by far the best kiss she had ever had. She never wanted it to end and clearly, neither did he. After a while, they pulled apart, both smiling.
She stroked her fingers through his hair as she looked at him. "I think this is going to be a really good spring break."